Days of Our Lives scored a rare win for best drama series at the Daytime Emmys in a show marked by an envelope mix-up, expletives and the constant din of audience chatter heard during the cable telecast that stretched beyond its time slot.
NBC’s Days won just its second drama series trophy and first since 1978, upending General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless, which had dominated the category in recent years. Days claimed one other trophy, with Chandler Massey’s win as outstanding younger actor.
CBS won eight Emmys during Sunday’s show, giving the network a leading 21 wins including those from last week’s creative arts ceremony. PBS was second with 14 wins.
In a major gaffe, Aisha Tyler of The Talk was presenting outstanding talk show informative when she opened the envelope and quickly realized she had been given the wrong one.
“Oh, interestingly enough this winner is not in this category,” she said. “If I read it out I’m going to give another category away.”
The audience at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., gasped and Tyler vamped while waiting to be given the correct envelope from the wings. She then announced The Dr. Oz Show as the winner.
Corbin Bernsen uttered two expletives on-air when talking about his late mother, Jeanne Cooper, of The Young and the Restless, during the “in memoriam” tribute.
Doug Davidson of The Young and the Restless and Heather Tom of The Bold and the Beautiful won lead acting honors.
Tom, who won for her role as Katie Logan, expressed optimism for the future of daytime dramas, which have shrunk from a dozen airing on the broadcast networks in 1991 to just four still on TV.
“Last year was kind of like, `Oh God, things are being canceled.’ Now our numbers are up and people realize there’s an audience for this type of entertainment,” Tom said backstage. “It’s an audience that can’t be easily swayed to something that doesn’t resemble a daytime drama. Our future looks good.”
Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion, along with the HLN network’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade, hosted the 40th annual show, which stretched well past its scheduled two hours on HLN.
Scott Clifton of The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller of The Young and the Restless tied for supporting actor in a drama series. Julie Marie Berman of General Hospital won supporting actress honors.
In an upset, first-time nominee CBS Sunday Morning beat out heavyweights Good Morning America and the Today Show for outstanding morning program.
Ricki Lake, whose daytime comeback has been canceled, won outstanding talk show host.
Ben Bailey of Cash Cab, which is no longer being produced, picked up his third win as outstanding game show host. The Price is Right won game show honors.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned its seventh trophy as outstanding talk show entertainment.
The show paid tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award winners Monty Hall of Let’s Make a Deal fame and the late game-show creator Bob Stewart.